The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Topics in the Symposium's fall schedule include civil rights and wilderness legislation, drought resistant gardening and Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Court.

Sunday events for Oakmont residents and their invited guests are from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec Center.  A $3 donation is requested. Discounted passes are available at the door. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.


Breck Parkman, "Natural and Cultural History of the Valley of the Moon" on May 3
Jay Bell, "Reimagining Retirement: Not Retiring from Something – Retiring TO Something" on April 26
Dr. Michael Thaler, "Current Health Issues: Care, Cure, Costs" on April 19
Chris Smith, "Don't Stop the Presses" on April 12
Dr. Frank Chong, "SRJC - Past, Present, and Future" on March 29

May 10
Mothers' Day: No Symposium

May 17
Paul Gullixson: "The Death of Newspapers and
other Myths in the Modern Era of Journalism"

Paul Gullixson Paul Gullixson, Editorial Director for The Press Democrat, will offer an unique perspective on the overall state of journalism in America today, and give us a look at what is happening inside the Press Democrat since its change to local ownership in 2012.
Gullixon manages the editorial and op-ed pages for the PD and also writes editorials, a semiweekly column and oversees the content and production of the opinion pages on, the newspaper's Web site.

May 24
Memorial Day Weekend: No Symposium

May 31
Corisa Baley Aaronson: "William Shakespeare: The Elizabethan
Court Psychologist"

With scenes from film clips and live performances, Corisa Baley Aaronson will explore Shakespeare's penetrating understanding of various personalities: adolescent lovers defying fate in Romeo and Juliet, a grieving son in Hamlet, and an angry victim of racism in the Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare was indeed gifted with a capacity to understand all aspects of human emotion.

Aaronson, MA, MFT, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for 35 years and has performed major roles in Shakespeare's plays. She also is the text and voice coach with Shakespeare in the Cannery in Santa Rosa.

If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here one week later for those who could not attend in person. Contact Oakmont Video Productions for more information.

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